Building 100: Image Buildup

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Building 100: Image Buildup

To get some more experience shooting and editing architectural images I decided to shoot the new RMIT Design Hub; Building 100. I had previously shot some interior images before the building was opened (the benefits of being an RMIT student gave me some leeway with security, who gave me access). Given the glass exterior of the building, I chose to shoot at dusk, when the interior lights would be visible, enhancing the design of the building.

Stacked Images

Stacked Images

The image begins as a series of separate photos taken over the course of an hour or so, the reason for this is two-fold. Firstly, it enables me to create a wider shot than what would be possible in a single image with my equipment (allowing more room for perspective correction without and to fine-tune the crop in post) and it also allows for different elements (the building, road and sky) to be shot under their best conditions.

Perspective corrected and blended into a seamless image

Perspective corrected and blended into a seamless image

Ideally I wanted all of the interior lights in the building on to best highlight it’s glass exterior, however you can see from the first image that this wasn’t the case. In this instance I was able to use the building’s symmetry to my advantage the reproduce the lighting on at least some of the remaining levels. At this point I also removed the overhead tram lines, some of the lights and road signs. I didn’t want to strip it fully back, but I did want to remove the objects I believed interfered with the building.

Before and After views showing the adjustments made in Lightroom

Before and After views showing the adjustments made in Lightroom

After these adjustments the image is brought into Lightroom where it’s cropped to the right aspect ratio and the final exposure adjustments are made using the global settings as well as brushes and graduated filters.